Signatures of the petition calling for an independent review of the repression of ‘UWE arms fair’ protests

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# Name Institution Comment
steve.philbey Once more the Iron Heel shows it’s face. I give solidarity to student action that faces down University police repression of protest against the killing machine being given space to spawn on campus.
***** ***** (13/4/2014@3:34pm) I am sickened, and deeply saddened by our country’s hypocracy. On the one hand condemning other countries for their acts of aggression, while promoting the sale of arms to the very same countries.
***** ***** (14/4/2014@7:30am) University of the West of England The university should not be showing support to this industry. It’s blood money.
Rory Maclean When a university, which is place for people to grow and learn, uses it’s facilities to promote companies which thrive from warfare and chaos, it has devalued it’s students and makes them complicit in an industry of death.
Reg Lee This is unwarranted and unacceptable repression of free speech and the right to protest. Our fathers fought and died for those rights and they are absolutely not yours to take away!
Helen Lewarne This type of repression is the trademark of fascism and must be ended immediately.
***** ***** (9/4/2014@3:38am) Bristol University Appalling- not only does UWE hold an arms fair and support the arms trade, it suppresses the right for students to freedom of speech, the fair right of students with humanity to stand up against the disgraceful killing trade affiliated with the university.
kevin fitzmaurice-brown Photojournalist Excellent work ! The extreme cognitive dissonance of those involved in the weapons industry will only ever be changed by those whose minds have evolved beyond money for death illuminating the dark corners.
Luke Dukinfield Warwick Repression of peaceful protest must cease. There should be no penance for striving to champion harmony, democracy and justice on our campuses – for struggling to sentinel the integrity of the University as a public institution of learning rather than a private enterprise of profit, especially when that profit is submerged in blood. Exile cops from campus, and return the University to those who sustain its operation each and every day – the students and workers, united.
Patricia McManus University of Sussex What place has an arms fair on a University campus? Those students had a responsibility to protest such an obscenity.
***** ***** (5/4/2014@9:53am) University of Bristol This archaic approach to protest is highly unintelligtent.
***** ***** (3/4/2014@10:40am) UWE Bristol A university that represses its own protesting students is not a university anymore.
Martyn Wood UWE alumni I work with nursing students from UWE, all caring & well-trained individuals. The contrast with their university which can suppress student protests at the “defence industry” being allowed onto their campus is alarming. I support the conscientious students, not the management who lack an understanding of their student’s rights & wishes.
***** ***** (8/4/2014@4:52am) UWE (2005-2012) A Right to air your voice and a right to protest must be maintained in a democratic society
Ade Couper
Bevan Richardson UWE Bristol
Graham Martin
***** ***** (6/4/2014@1:45am) UWE Bristol
Nicola Willis Bristol University
William Morris UWE Bristol
Ben Storey UWE Bristol
Jay Stone UWE Bristol
Faye Quinn UWE Bristol
***** ***** (7/4/2014@1:24pm) University of the West of England
Charlotte Sexauer UWE
Roseanne Sinfield
Anthony Killick UWE alumni
Giulia Zampini University of Kent
***** ***** (7/4/2014@12:44pm)
Guy Allen uwe grad
Lee Salter Sussex
***** ***** (7/4/2014@2:55pm) UWE
Greg Tuck (ex)UWE
Nadia Arancio
Simon Moreton UWE
george kosmopoulos University of the West of England
***** ***** (7/4/2014@11:27pm) UWE
Andy Medhurst University of Sussex
William McEvoy University of Sussex
Gareth Roberts UWE Graduate
Einar Thorsen Bournemouth University
***** ***** (8/4/2014@3:01am) UKC
***** ***** (8/4/2014@2:30am) UWE
Dr James Kneale UCL
Jilly Kay De Montfort University (UWE alumni)
Matt Hollinshead UWE
***** ***** (8/4/2014@7:29am) UWE
aisha iqbal UWE
Nathan Wagstaff
Donald Saunders
Deirdre King
Rowland Carson
Judy Kerr
Stephen Hunt
George Millman
***** ***** (9/4/2014@6:57am) UWE
***** ***** (9/4/2014@6:29am) UWE
dave balkwill DBalkwill
Robynn Lee Kaiser /
Laura Denning
Ms Sue Ellery
Dave Rendle
***** ***** (15/4/2014@4:43am) UWE
Tom Nottingham University
***** ***** (14/4/2014@1:32pm) UWE
Piala Murray
Annette Taberner
Corinna Taylor RHUL
Jude Pettigrew
Rob Mitchell UWE
***** ***** (14/4/2014@7:10am) UWE
***** ***** (12/4/2014@9:59am)
Lucy Sparks
***** ***** (12/4/2014@4:36am) UWE
***** ***** (11/4/2014@7:49pm) University of Bristol Education is a right. Not a privilege.
***** ***** (11/4/2014@3:04pm)
***** ***** (11/4/2014@8:58 am) UWE
***** ***** (11/4/2014@8:57am) UWE [anonymised]
Jimmy Gibson University of Bristol
John Harris OU & Cardiff Uni UWE will say that they have a right to host events and lease space for
events on their property when this does not conflict with and damage
their fundamental duty to their principle customer, in this case the
students of UWE.They will say they have an absolute right to establish relationships
without consultation with, and without the agreement of UWE’s
principal clientele group.How can we tell that the students are the primary customers?

All we have to do is to examine the meaning and purpose of this
university, or indeed almost any university.

Many tests can be applied to determine the majority legal obligations
of a body like UWE, such as the extent to which it accepts public
money, or money that comes from public sources, as well as the purpose
for which this funding is granted or allocated.

On a more practical level, it will be clear to everyone that if UWE’s
main clients, the student body abandoned UWE, withdrawing their
patronage, UWE would soon need to release its academic staff and
either sell out to some commercial buyer, or become a completely
different institution, but this supposes that the Government would not
intervene before any such situation results.

A university must carefully consider the nature of any private
sponsorship, as well as the terms and conditions that pertain, and it
must consider its standing in the world, were it to break trust with
its primary clientele group.

It is also worth noting that the symbolism displayed with UWE’s Coat
of Arms – Light, Liberty, Learning – is a quotation from Benjamin
Disraeli, but the roots of UWE date back far longer to the formation
of the Merchant Venturers Navigation School in 1595.

Universities are generally said to have their legal status through a
combination of common law, and statutory and administrative law, and
any university, as a consequence, would do well to think long and hard
before it chooses to place its own needs ahead of those of its primary
clientele, the student body.

Brutalising members of your primary clientele, treading on their
rights and denying common freedoms is genuinely risky business, and
any august body that determines to do so is taking a decision to
become a high stakes gambler, and taking risks it may spend years
regretting as it struggles to repair its reputation, not to mention
that in the aftermath, any negotiated resolution can result in the
summary departure of a number of highly placed officials, as a
condition of restoring peaceful relationships and allowing the
principal business of the institution to resume.

***** ***** (11/4/2014@5:02am) UWE
Robin White
Ian Tippet
Felicity Dowling Principal Speaker, Left Unity Universities must have free speech. Money must not be allowed to dictate to universities. War is a real and present danger.
Linda Åkerström Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS)
***** ***** (18/4/2014@11:49am) UWE
Ashley Davy UWE
Stephen Le Fanu University of Bristol
Rachel O’Neill
***** ***** (20/4/2014@8:49am) UWE
***** ***** (19/4/2014@10:29am) UWE
***** ***** (19/4/2014@1:36am)
***** ***** (11/4/2014@6:23 am) UWE
Jimmy Gibson University of Bristol
christian northwood UWE
***** ***** (11/4/2014@5:02am) UWE
***** ***** (20/4/2014@8:49am) UWE
Lee Everson
Allison Challen Well done to all the peaceful protesters.
Weronika Sakowska UWE
Alan Valentine

Last update of the list: 27 April 2014 at 5pm.

We provided the option to sign anonymously due to concerns of repression/retaliation. Such signatures and the related information appear as follows: ***** ***** (date the signature was received).